But at the end of those days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven, and my sanity returned to me. Then I praised the Most High and honored and glorified him who lives forever: For his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and he does what he wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can block his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:34-35)
It is God who disciplines us, but also God who restores us. God removed Nebuchadnezzar’s peace of mind to humble him, but when Nebuchadnezzar was utterly humbled, God restored his sanity. The moment God did this, Nebuchadnezzar quickly repented and verbally acknowledged God’s lordship. Earlier in the story, God humbled Nebuchadnezzar for the prideful words he had spoken. Now, Nebuchadnezzar has learned to give glory to God. We should learn from this pattern.
Lord, teach me to verbally acknowledge your goodness and give honor and glory to you alone. Whenever you discipline me, let my words of repentance be the sign that I have learned my lesson. Teach me also to daily acknowledge your goodness so that I might not fall back into a prideful attitude.
Whenever God humbles us, it is essential for us to verbally acknowledge what we have learned. We should speak out the words of our repentance. Our act of speaking puts a final seal on the lesson. It sets a moment in our personal history that we can look back upon and remember. It is also an act of worship that God takes seriously. Telling God what we have learned makes a difference to God and also to us.